Two American White Pelicans were identified at Lavaltrie 22–24 June (S. Proulx). An apparent Great Blue Heron x Great Egret hybrid was nicely photographed at Sainte-Julie 9 June (Li Ying Lou). Single Snowy Egrets were sighted at Cacouna 16–22 June (M. Beaulieu, m.ob.) and at La Malbaie 24 June (L. Messely et al.). An adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was a nice find at Acton Vale 5 July–6 Aug. (D. Demers, m.ob.). Single Glossy Ibises turned up at Magog 14 June (J. Vallières), Saint-Barthélemy 18–19 June (M. Isabelle), Dundee 22 June (L. Auclair), and Acton Vale 21 July (P. Fradette, JP. Le Bel), while three were at Repentigny 29 July (S. Denault). Single Black Vultures were identified at Yamachiche 10 June (M. Bourassa, L. Valois, L. Auclair), Saint-Jean-Chrysostome 13 June (C. Deschênes), Saint-Maurice-de-l’Échourie 22 June (G. Blanchette), L’Anse-à-Valleau (Gaspé) 28 June (É. Fortin) and Coin-du-Banc (Percé) 21-22 July (O. Barden, V. Giroux, A. Florea). A Swallow-tailed Kite was briefly seen and photographed at Barachois 16 July (J. White). A first-year Swainson’s Hawk at Rivière-Ouelle 28 July was an unexpected find for mid-summer (C. Auchu). A Great Gray Owl photographed at Gatineau 3–4 June was out of season (C. Simard).
Woodpeckers through Orioles
Seven different Red-bellied Woodpeckers at Saint-Armand (three adult males, four juveniles) 21 June (N. Bourdon) shows the remarkable success this species has recently enjoyed in this region. A Crested Caracara at Yamachiche 8–9 June (M. Bourassa, m.obs., ph.) was one of the highlights of the season, representing only a 3rd record for the Region. A Tropical Kingbird at Bridgeville, 10 July to mid-Aug. (JF. Rail, S. Gagnon, m.obs.) provided only the 6th documented presence for the province. A Western Kingbird at Grande-Vallée 22 June(R. Besançon) was an unexpected vagrant at this time of the year. Fork-tailed Flycatchers have been reported almost every year since 2005, and this year was no exception, with an immature at Saint-Angèle-de-Laval 7 June (H. Crête, J. Brunelle, J Gélinas, ph.).
A White-eyed Vireo 15–24 July at l’Anse-à-Beaufils (J. Wiseman et al.) was the first ever to be reported in this month. Also particularly noteworthy at this time of the year were two Yellow-throated Warblers, one at Granby 27 June–4 July (C. Côté, m. ob) and another at Mont-St-Hilaire 4 July (R. Boulet). A territorial male Prairie Warbler at Coaticook was last seen 26 June (G. Gilbert, m. ob). The award for the bird of the year goes without a doubt to the Painted Redstart that brightened Domaine de Maizerets, Québec 1–2 June (L. Cossette, D. Larochelle, m. obs. ph), a first presence for the Region and only the fourth in Canada. Extralimital LeConte’s Sparrows this season included two singing males: one at Yamachiche 9–28 June (F. Grenon, L. DenBesten) and another at Pointe-aux-Outardes, 29 July–1 Aug. (J. P. Barry). The only Yellow-headed Blackbird of the season was a male seen in flight at Longueuil 10 June (D. Daigneault). A pair of Orchard Orioles has successfully bred for a second year in a row at Standstead (S. Kohl), while a single male was also observed at Saint-Anaclet-de-Lessard 12 June (R. Saint-Laurent).
Photos–Québec, Summer 2017
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